Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Abrams P-1 Explorer 1:48

The Abrams Explorer, built in 1938, was the only one ever created and was uniquely designed for aerial survey and mapping functions. By featuring obstruction-free camera platforms, Abrams Air Craft CEO Dr. Talbert Abrams planned to market the plane to the United States armed forces for surveys, mapmaking, and aerial photography. However, on the brink of World War II, the military opted for the more survivable, converted high-speed fighter aircraft for photo reconnaissance.

The aircraft was successfully tested and used for government contract survey work until the beginning of the war. For unobstructed photography the Explorer featured a forward glass crew nacelle and camera ports while the usual struts, wing panels, engine cowls, and propeller were placed aft of the cameraman's normal line of sight. Hermetically sealed camera ports maintained cabin pressure up to 20,000 feet. Dr. Abrams lent the Explorer to the National Air Museum in 1948, and it was officially donated in 1973.

Gift of Abrams Instrument Corporation

Manufacturer: Abrams Instrument Corp.

Date: 1937

Country of Origin: United States of America

Wingspan: 11.7 m (38 ft. 6 in.)
Length: 8.3 m (27 ft. 9 in.)
Height: 1.9 m (6 ft. 7 in.)
Weight: Empty 1,067 kg (2,350 lbs.)

Steel tubing airframe, aluminum and fabric skin

Physical Description: Twin boom 2-seat aerial photography plane with 280 hp Wright Whirlwind R-975 E-3 engine source

the decal number its quite bigger.I'll fix that one
not so clean on canopy...T_T
sorry guys, some of the progress pics is accidentally bad..


download here


  1. Great design and build! thanks for sharing :)

  2. That is a really fine model of an unussual airplane - I am very impressed.

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  4. @Tammy
    thank you Tammy..peace...

  5. What do you use as an imitation of glass?

  6. @konvarion]
    I used the clear tape, it's the same technic when I build the gunship avatar

  7. From this ideas there are so many concepts come about plane from it.

  8. Ric Walters - minigamer1953April 6, 2011 at 9:18 PM

    Unusual design of an aircraft that I would not have ever known about if I wasn't browsing your site. Thanks for the educational evening! Ric

  9. @Online Logo Design
    you got it friend
    your welcome friend

  10. Really unique model. I also am fond of it.

  11. That is a really fine model of an unussual airplane - I am very impressed.

  12. Wonderful model. Thank You for Sharing. Can you make the download easier without so many advertisements and redirections?